Beer 400/365 – New England Brewing Imperial Stout Trooper

New England Brewing Imperial Stout Trooper

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 9.2%

Purchased at: Sent in a trade way back when

What makes this beer different: Almost a milk stout quality to it. Which is odd for a RIS.

Will I be drinking this again: I don’t think they even make this anymore because of a lawsuit that LucasArts filed against the company, but I could be wrong.

Grade: A-

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On to the beer! Imperial Stout Trooper poured out much thinner than I had expected, yet very dark. A very sweet smell akin to a milk stout, with some chocolate and alcohol as well. The flavor was a little underwhelming. I am not sure if this beer was a bit thin to age as long as I did (almost 3 years), or if this is just how the beer tastes. Yes I still gave this an A-, but expected it to be a bit better. Some roasted coffee flavors, vanilla, milk chocolate, and that lactose/milk stout type flavor I was talking about. The mouthfeel was a bit watery for an imperial stout. Overall this was still a pretty tasty beer. I just expected a little bit more.

Picture of the day: Some people may not get this if they don’t watch the show, but it is true for me.

Beer 268/365 – New England Sea Hag IPA

New England Sea Hag IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: Sent as an extra in a trade

What makes this beer different: My first beer from Connecticut!

Will I be drinking this again: If it were sold in the area yes.

Grade: B+

8/3/2010: Okay I officially have a problem; I trade for beer too much. I was going through one of my trade boxes to grab some bubble wrap when I reached to the bottom, and there was something in there. Lo and Behold it was the beer pictured above. How I missed it the first time I went through the box? I have no idea. I don’t even know who sent this to me at this point, but thanks to whoever it was!

Sea Hag smells pretty well balanced, equal parts hop and sweet malt. The flavor is on the sweeter end as far as the malts go, which is a thumbs up as far as I’m concerned. Caramel malts are over powered just a little bit by piney hops, which for once I actually like it this beer. Finishes a little dry, but good mouthfeel for an IPA. This might be one of the first beers I was able to tolerate “piney” hops in, probably because of the sweet malts to help it along.

Picture of the day: Yeaaaa, checking for signs of oil… sure he was!

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